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Bavarian town honors patron saint of horses in procession

  • People in their traditional costumes of the region take part at the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    People in their traditional costumes of the region take part at the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • A young woman in her costume of the region drinks liqueur during the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    A young woman in her costume of the region drinks liqueur during the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

  • Women in their costumes of the region sit in a horse-drawn carriage during the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Women in their costumes of the region sit in a horse-drawn carriage during the traditional Leonhardi pilgrimage in Warngau near Munich, Germany, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. The annual pilgrimage honors St. Leonhard, patron saint of the highland farmers for horses and livestock. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)  (The Associated Press)

Townspeople and farmers in Warngau, south of Munich, have donned traditional costumes for their annual procession in horse-drawn carriages to a local church in honor of St. Leonard, considered the patron saint of horses and livestock.

The "Leonhardi pilgrimage," which was revived in Warngau in 1983 after an 80-year break, takes place ever year on the fourth Sunday in October.

An open-air service is held on the meadow outside the All Saints' church, with priests blessing the participants. Similar processions are held in several other southern German towns.